The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
George Washington Carver
We often think of peace as the absence of war; that if the powerful countries would reduce their arsenals, we could have peace. But if we look deeply into the weapons, we see our own minds - our prejudices, fears, and ignorance. Even if we transported all the bombs to the moon, the roots of war and the reasons for bombs would still be here, in our hearts and minds, and sooner or later we would make new bombs. Seek to become more aware of what causes anger and separation, and what overcomes them. Root out the violence in your life, and learn to live compassionately and mindfully
Thich Nhat Hanh
Compassion is more important than intellect in calling forth the love that the work of peace needs, and intuition can often be a far more powerful searchlight than cold reason.
Compassion is not a popular virtue
The students [of the 60s] substituted conspicuous compassion for their parents conspicuous consumption.
Allan David Bloom
A diner having a row with a waiter in a swanky restaurant chills the blood in a way that a quarrel over a pizza order elsewhere would never do. Compassion is rarely the custom of the privileged.
Derren Victor Brown
While we do our good works let us not forget that the real solution lies in a world in which charity will have become unnecessary.
You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.
When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses.
Compassion is not a popular virtue. Very often when I talk to religious people, and mention how important it is that compassion is the key, that it's the sine qua non of religion, people look kind of balked, and stubborn sometimes, as much to say, "what's the point of having religion if you can't disapprove of other people?" And sometimes we use religion just to back up these unworthy hatreds, because we're frightened too.
It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.
The well taught philosophic mind To all compassion gives; Casts round the world an equal eye, And feels for all that lives.
Anna Letitia Barbauld
The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.
Compassionate love may be strong. It sobs, it burns, then it wipes away its tears – and it does nothing.
It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope
Ursula K. Le Guin
What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or they be black.
Robert F. Kennedy
The chemist who can extract from his heart's elements compassion, respect, longing, patience, regret, surprise, and forgiveness and compound them into one can create that atom which is called love
Out of compassion I destroy the darkness of their ignorance. From within them I light the lamp of wisdom and dispel all darkness from their lives.
He who feels no compassion will become insane.
But if we have the energy of compassion and loving kindness in us, the people around us will be influenced by our way of being and living.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Compassion takes imagination.
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.
We have so far to go to realize our human potential for compassion, altruism, and love.